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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

Fantastic tour after hours with friends arranged by a local club. An amazing place that I would have loved to have lived in. The whole event was quite an experience and we were honoured to have such a wonderful visit.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank docsov
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The drive around Lake Tahoe is beautiful and places like this just make it nicer. You need to go early on a weekend or parking may be tough. The hike down the trail is fairly easy along with getting to the Vikingsholm place as well....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Kingcrabb65
Reviewed 6 November 2018 via mobile

The house is cool, of course, but walking down to it and around the lakeshore is the best part of making a stop here. You can rent kayaks to paddle around Emerald Bay. Make a day of it and walk some of the gorgeous Rubicon...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SuzInDenver
Reviewed 28 October 2018

This gem is straight down from Emerald Bay Highway to the lakeside in Emerald Bay itself. If you are in decent shape, you can walk down and hike back up to the highway. If not, take the paddle wheeler from Zephyr Cove and see it...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank cfdcox
Reviewed 21 October 2018 via mobile

Beautiful once you arrive. Even the walk is nice. It’s a trek though. I believe I was told it’s about a mile and it’s all downhill to get there. Once there however the views a beautiful. The old mansion/ castle is a true sight to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Southshorerider
Reviewed 13 October 2018

Although it is a hike down to Emerald Bay and a worse one back up, the house is worth a visit. It was built in the Scandinavian style and very different from other historic homes of rich people. The docent gave just enough information and...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Teramo48
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Combine a some hiking exercise with historical discovery. This landmark is an important original home of Lake Tahoe. Guides are knowledgeable and will answer all your questions. Parking can be a challenge and check schedule for opening. We were lucky to catch the last weekend...then...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Roberta Y
Reviewed 4 October 2018

We really enjoyed touring Vikingsholm. We had seen it from the lake and had read about it. The tour guide was interesting and informative. It was interesting to learn more about the fascinating history of the design, construction, and use of this structure. It's definitely...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank dcrunner5
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Vikingsholm, of course, was never visited by vikings. But inspired by the lake and trees the home is modeled on ancient homes in Scandanavia. No question it is a beautiful place to visit. But it is costly (a little cash and lot of effort) The...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank scubaDave52
Reviewed 27 September 2018

We drove around the lake to visit this place. The parking lots were full (on a Tuesday morning), as well as the roadside parking. We finally found a place and walked back to the main parking lot and then the one mile downhill on a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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22 September 2018|
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Response from l0tusbl0ss0m | Reviewed this property |
I believe if you call ahead they can arrange for a cart to transport up and down the hillside.
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.