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Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
+1 530-541-3030
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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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  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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“mile hike” (41 reviews)
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Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
+1 530-541-3030
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Reviewed yesterday

We rented a boat and parked it near the shore. The grounds and the building are beautiful. You have to do the tour to see inside.

Thank Makenzie1000
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

it's like a small museum with custom Scandinavian architecture and handcrafted woodwork. Loved the grass thatched roof over both sides of the courtyard and so many intricate details on furniture, fireplace, stain glass windows, wood ceiling beams, etc. Tour begins at 10:30am and runs every...More

Thank kelly k
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the most beautiful places to see in the West. It's a must see during a Tahoe visit. It was very busy this time of year, though. We arrived at about 11:30 AM on our first attempt and there was no parking at the...More

1  Thank Chris I
Reviewed 1 week ago

We hiked a mile down to see kayak and see the castle. It was well worth it. We did pay $10 each to tour the castle. It was money well spent. The lady that gave the tour was a wealth of knowledge. It's an enjoyable...More

1  Thank Stacey V
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I recently paid $10.00 each to tour Vikingsholm. Nancy Arnold was a terrific tour guide. We felt it was worth the fee to see this beautiful home which was built by Lorna Knight in 1929. She was a single woman in her...More

1  Thank Maui2014NMR
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked down the path to see the castle. It was beautiful and very interesting to see. There was a nice gift shop with Ice cream bars!! Easy to walk down to, but a little harder climbing up. Not bad though.

Thank 764barryk
Reviewed 1 week ago

This home is a short hike down to Emerald Bay. It's a short detour from other plans but worth it. A nice experience.

Thank Jim K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Vikingholm House was wonderful. We hiked down to the house and loved the grass growing on the roof. It was true to viking architecture. The logs were enchanting. The furniture was true to the time period. The tour guide was very well informed and...More

Thank Travelcrazt
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm not much for touristy destinations, but this was well worth it. We actually did not do the tour of the home (as I said I'm not much into that) but the outside was beautiful and you can take a really short hike to Eagle...More

2  Thank Looness33
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very nice house and close to the lake . ............ nice walk with family and friends you can breathe the nature in this mountains.

Thank Oscar F
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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.
Ath S
29 December 2016|
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Response from Booksloth | Reviewed this property |
I think you would be very rushed. I would choose one and spend time to enjoy it.