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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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Interesting to visit while we were in Emerald Bay. The tour guide was good, and the museum gave more history about the area and estate.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Weymouth, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

we went there this week but was not told about the mile long walk down the hill just to get to the beach not for the unfit that is or if you are over 60 the house was ok but not worth walking down that hill for and the parking is impossible

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Paris
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Interesting to visit while we were in Emerald Bay. The tour guide was good, and the museum gave more history about the area and estate.

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Soquel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

We were at Vikingsholm on a Tuesday morning -- 10 a.m. The parking was completely full and it is difficult and a little dangerous to park on the road. The mansion is about a half a mile down a switchback road. There are beautiful views all along the road of Emerald Bay. At the bottom of the road, is a... More 

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Riverside
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Good luck trying to park to see this flipping thing! Parking is an insult to your hour round trip from South Lake Tahoe. Didn't even get to see it because parking was so outrageous! I would NOT recommend unless maybe you get there first! What a complete waste of time!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Visiting a friends home in Lake Tahoe, 3-couples took their boat and went to Vikingsholm in Emerald Bay State park for a picnic lunch. The trip by water is beautiful and much easier than taking the trail down from the highway, allowing us to miss the way back up, which is a killer. We enjoyed ourselves on the beach and... More 

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carolinecorum@yahoo.com
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

It's worth a trip to see this spectacular early 20th century home. The heiress who built it had fabulous taste... and now everyone can enjoy her beach - and even take a peek at the inside of her lovely home. Put your walking shoes on. You'll get a workout on the steep hike out.

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The long walk down and back is well worth it, but pace uourself coming back. Allow plenty of time to tour the mansion...we didn't, but wish we had. A beautiful stone and wood structure. Also recommend taking time to walk to the lower Falls...an easy walk and beautiful. Take your camera!

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Sugar Land
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

A nice house to see and if you didn't have to walk a mile downhill I'd say you should definitely see it. The beach at the bottom could be worth the walk alone. The walk up isn't as much fun. So, if you want a hike then it's a good reward for the house. Definitely take enough water. It's for... More 

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We had heard about this home and the trek down to tour it. Be warned the hike is not for people who aren't use to hiking up and down steep hills. The house itself is interesting but wasn't worth the hike.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

First I thought this place might be a bit cheesy. If you are planning to have a short hike, you might end up choosing lower fall over this. I'm glad, I went to both places and this one is better "hands down." - Be mindful of rather steep 1 mile hike on the way back from the Castle. So be... More 

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Additional Information about Vikingsholm

Address: Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Phone Number: 530-541-3030
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lake Tahoe (California)  >  South Lake Tahoe
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

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