We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
+1 530-541-3030
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent60%
  • Very good32%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“parking lot” (83 reviews)
“mile hike” (44 reviews)
“emerald bay” (193 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
+1 530-541-3030
Write a ReviewReviews (656)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 639 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is very unusual house built by the lake. It has very interesting history. It would be nice to see it inside. Unfortunately there is no option like that during the winter. We could only see it from outside. Anyway it looks very nice. Also...More

Thank Roman P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took the Safari Rose cruise and saw the castle from there. The captain gave us the backstory on Mrs. Knight, the lady who had the castle built. Wish we were here during the season so we could tour this home.

Thank Jennifer D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I recommend visit this place and is in a excellent location for taking pictures ppl are friendly you’ll love it

Thank Ilian B
Reviewed 13 December 2017 via mobile

While the house was not open for tours, the walk down and back was worth the trip. Incredible to see the hand crafted building in this AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL bay!

Thank Susan W
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Too late to tour Vikingsholm. But still an awesome hike from the highway to Lake Tahoe. The blue color of the lake is spectacular. Carry water and snacks.

Thank Cavydad
A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 December 2017 via mobile

I walked down to Vikingsholm to see Emerald Bay. Absolutely beautiful and you are kind of isolated from all the tourists. If you like another east hike I recommend Eagle Creek trail across the street too

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 15 November 2017

Great hike down the cliff and through the woods. Unfortunately the museum closes end of September so we could not visit inside. But worth the effort despite that.

Thank lofberg
Reviewed 15 November 2017

We saw a sign for this "castle" at a nearby overlook and decided to go check it out. The reason I gave it 4 stars is because we could not go inside as it was closed for the season. It is in a beautiful spot...More

Thank RScadd
Reviewed 14 November 2017

Need to get to the Emerald Bay car park, that is not by the lake, early. Very pleasant walk down to the lake and around the waters edge. This is not a castle as in the English sense but more of a folly.

Thank Trevor C
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Beautiful vistas and amazing structure. Not open in the off season but was worth the hike, even for a couple of flatlanders!

Thank palmtre2
Nearby HotelsSee all 65 hotels in South Lake Tahoe
Camp Richardson Resort
201 reviews
5.99 km away
Lazy S Lodge
38 reviews
8.40 km away
Emerald Bay Lodge
36 reviews
8.90 km away
Tahoe Keys Resort
43 reviews
9.19 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Evan's American Gourmet Cafe
433 reviews
8.16 km away
My Thai Cuisine
334 reviews
10.05 km away
Sonney's Bbq Shack Bar and Grill
245 reviews
9.09 km away
Burger Lounge
117 reviews
8.82 km away
Nearby Attractions
Inspiration Point Vista
241 reviews
.95 km away
Meeks Bay Beach
39 reviews
4.23 km away
Tallac Historic Site
474 reviews
5.33 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
23 January 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Anita W | Reviewed this property |
I believe so and car parking charge too.
3 January 2017|
AnswerShow all 11 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Booksloth | Reviewed this property |
I think you would be very rushed. I would choose one and spend time to enjoy it.