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Vikingsholm

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Address: Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Phone Number: 530-541-3030
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10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Activities: Hiking
Description: Built as a summer home in 1929, this grand castle on Emerald Bay is...
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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Wonderful bit of history.

I love museums and historic tours. This is a wonderful view into the lives of the social elite at the turn of the 20th century. So nice that it was donated to the state and is now... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Pawdawty
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

I love museums and historic tours. This is a wonderful view into the lives of the social elite at the turn of the 20th century. So nice that it was donated to the state and is now a state park.

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Davis, California
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We were looking for an easy hike this memorial day weekend, and we found it here. Pay ten dollars to park (at 9am and the lot was full, but after a ten minute wait, something opened up, by 11am, the cars were parked about a half mile down the road in both directions-- GET THERE EARLY). We hiked the 500ft... More 

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Paso Robles, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Despite a crowded parking lot, very few people walked down the steep path to Vikingsholm. The architecture and craftsmanship was amazing but it was closed for the season so we only got to see it from the outside. It was worth the walk but I wish we could have seen the interior.

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Paso Robles, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It was still closed for the season, when we were there, but it was still worth the short hike down and back up to the parking area. Loved the architecture and setting on Emerald Bay. We hiked up to the lower falls, and hiked along the south side of the bay for a mile or so. Very picturesque. When we... More 

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Sacramento, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
22 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Lake Tahoe is known for its natural beauty and pristine environment! Located on the tip of Emerald's Bay (named for its gleaming green tinge if observed at the right angle), Vikingsholm was a private "castle"/residence donated to the State of California. The State did a good Job preserving the home and made me wish I was born into $$$ when... More 

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Pasadena, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The hike down is easy! The uphill is another story. Short hike by distance but definitely challenging. The warning on health issue is true. But it well worth it. Seeing the castle even when it's law is beautiful. Having the chance to see the Hermit Island up close is another thing. Also other hiking trails are accessible from the site.... More 

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Amarillo, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

My family and I did not tour this attraction on foot, but from the ferry boat we did see it and get the verbal tour...very pretty and interesting story. Looks like a neat place to walk through, when tours are available.

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Augusta, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

The hike (not bad but definitely steep) was fun and we had a beautiful day for it! The view at the bottom was stunning! The castle was closed and the time of year we went but we didn't mind. We're hoping to go back soon! We also hiked around to the waterfalls,

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Fairfield, California
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62 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Stopped here on our drive around the lake. To get to the Vikingsholm mansion it's a .25 mile walk/hike down. Going "down" is easy, but it's a moderate hike back up. Heads up you may feel the affect of the 6,200 elevation going back. Once at the bottom of the trail you're treated to the Vikingsholm mansion, which is closed... More 

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Munich, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

for an european it is probably not the breathtaking and exceptional piece of architecture never seen before, however it is super lovely and we enjoyed walking down the way from the parking lot to the lake. at that time of the year it was still closed for the season but you can take a nice walk by the lake.

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