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Vikingsholm

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 good32%
  • Average6%
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“parking lot” (84 reviews)
“mile hike” (44 reviews)
“emerald bay” (193 reviews)
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Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
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+1 530-541-3030
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"parking lot"
in 84 reviews
"mile hike"
in 44 reviews
"emerald bay"
in 193 reviews
"beautiful home"
in 16 reviews
"scandinavian architecture"
in 12 reviews
"tea house"
in 32 reviews
"front of the house"
in 9 reviews
"gravel road"
in 7 reviews
"eagle falls"
in 33 reviews
"hiked down"
in 13 reviews
"rubicon trail"
in 19 reviews
"summer home"
in 11 reviews
"closed for the season"
in 16 reviews
"bring water"
in 18 reviews
"parking area"
in 17 reviews
"great hike"
in 24 reviews
"rent a kayak"
in 9 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Great tour by very knowledgeable guide. The history and restoration of this beautiful stone, wood and earthen home on the shore of Emerald Bay is worth the effort to get there. It is a long down hill trail if you don't have a boat to...More

Thank Bob F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Park at the parking lot and take water with you. The smells of the forest and the sound of running water from various waterfalls will reduce your stress level. The property at the bottom is unique and beautiful. We were there off season and enjoyed...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you survive the LONG hike down to this historic home, its very interesting to see how it was constructed. Most everything was imported from the owners home country, and well preserved. The guides are wonderful in giving you the history of how they actually...More

Thank Joetta H
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

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
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Reviewed 29 December 2017 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
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Reviewed 28 December 2017 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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AlexT5294
23 January 2017|
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Response from Anita W | Reviewed this property |
I believe so and car parking charge too.
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Jcorradi
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.
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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.
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