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Built as a summer home in 1929, this grand castle on Emerald Bay is considered one of the finest examples of Scandinavian architecture in the Western Hemisphere.
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Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
+1 530-541-3030
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was well worth the $10 to take the tour. It’s so fun to learn more about the house and the woman who built it. One tip I would give is to go see the house and rooms first during the “free time” of the...More

1  Thank Megan L
Reviewed 1 week ago

We first saw this castle from the MS DIxie II paddle wheel boat the day before. We decided to drive and park in the park. We were told the parking lot was about a 1.7 mile hike to the castle, and the next lot about...More

2  Thank sonopieno
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved this guided tour. Fun and informative. It was only $10 per adult. The last 10 minutes of the tour you are able to explore on your own. Anyone would enjoy this activity.

Thank BigLake_MNBrenda
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We didn’t get to go inside, but the outside was pretty neat to look at. Easy hike down on one mile dirt rode. Going up was a little harder. You don’t need hiking shoes, just don’t wear sandals

Thank Kathy O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The hike down to Vikingsholm is not bad at all - take your time coming up! It is beautiful, clean, well preserved and amazing. The water is gorgeous and so clean. Picnic tables are scattered around, and it is a fun area to explore as...More

Thank teamtran7
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Steep walk back up. Worth it. Paved path beautiful views home is lovely. Guide was well versed in history and facts. Nice ending to a great hike

Thank Aggie W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Get there early to park, even if it means that you arrive before it opens (there are plenty of places to wait on the beach). Parking costs $10 and there is a hike to get down to Vikingsholm itself. If it is summer, wear your...More

Thank msagermcnett
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This house is amazing!! Such an amazing woman who lived there! The tour is about 30 minuets. Our guide talked for about 10-15 minuets then let us explore on our own! The parking is a nightmare!! Seriously if you’re not there I assume like an...More

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour of the home was kinda cool. The hike down and back was not bad. It was a wide, gravel trail.

Thank docbisio
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was very interesting about the home owner and how much she had and what she did for others. There are 38 rooms total in the house. I would love to tell more but I don’t want to give anything away.

1  Thank Lindsey W
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Nate M
16 July 2018|
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Response from Jodell L | Reviewed this property |
No, the parking lot is very small and limited; likewise the road.
23 January 2017|
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Response from Anita W | Reviewed this property |
I believe so and car parking charge too.
3 January 2017|
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Response from Booksloth | Reviewed this property |
No. I don't think so. Unless maybe across the water if you have a boat. It's a pleasant hike. It's on an old service road so no scrambling.