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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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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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Amazing Home

A woman built this home in the 20's, I believe, having everything specifically crafted and carried down a mile to the location right on S Lake Tahoe. It was an amazing structure... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Diane I
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A woman built this home in the 20's, I believe, having everything specifically crafted and carried down a mile to the location right on S Lake Tahoe. It was an amazing structure, and beautiful. Do no miss it. It is a mile walk down from the road.

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Lawrence, Kansas
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When visiting the area, considering devoting a half-day to explore this almost hidden treat! It does include hiking down (and back up). Hike is free, but the tour does have a fee. If your budget allows, it is worth the fee for the tour, at least once. Once by the lake, enjoy some time by the water (and take a... More 

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Castro Valley, California
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Vikingsholm is a place you should visit at least once if you have the opportunity. My advice would be to get there early if you are visiting in the Summer months. The parking lot on Highway 89 gets filled quickly. We got there around 8:30 AM which was a bit too early, but it was worth it because we were... More 

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Victorville
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Enjoyed going and seeing this lovely home and hearing all the history behind it and the life style that this lady lived. The only draw back about visiting is the 1 mile hike up the hill. And let me tell you it is a hike..lol...Price was great

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Citrus Heights, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

If you haven't seen this, you need to. Remember - it's a Steep Hike back up - but worth it I think it was $20pp for the tour, $10 for parking. Do what we did, make a day of it. Pack a snack, have lunch on the beach, rent a kayak to explore the "Island" - take the tour and... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

My spouse and I decided to tour this attraction on the spur of the moment and we were pleasantly surprised. The "Castle" is not but has some of the looks of a castle. It is in a quaint and quiet setting in a pine forest with parking a short distance away. We visited this attraction in September so there were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

If you are ever in the area of Lake Tahoe, this is a must see. The hike down was much easier than the climb back up. Bring plenty of water to hydrate. Would love to see it again during the summer time when the home is open.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

We hiked down to this place in Nov., after Thanksgiving, there was snow on the ground but the facilities were all locked up. Very disappointing. Also the wind was coming straight off the lake - freezing! Might be nice in the summer but I don't recommend it in the winter.

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Great hike, but check if open during the winter. We went and it was open, even with the snow! Make sure to bring plenty of water with you as there isn't any potable water down below. Also save energy for the walk up!

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015

The hike down to the Vikinsholm mansion is easy. Enjoyable views along the way. The mansion was closed and was ok to look at from outside. The beach was lovely. The hike back up the mountain back to the parking lot was a little tiring but again the gorgeous views along the hike makes it worth all the pain!. Do... More 

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