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.

Vikingsholm

Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
530-541-3030
Website
Improve this listing
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Book Now

Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
Write a Review

243 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    133
    89
    15
    6
    0
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

From boat excursion we got lots of information on the history From the cliffs we were able to see the small island with Ms. Knight's castle turret. From the beach, which we reached via a one mile moderate hike, we got a close-up view. We did not do the tour. Seen one/seen all attitude. Had to have state park parking... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
new york
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

Visited Vikingsholm on Labor Day with two adults and three kids aged 10-16. We are not hikers or athletes but for most of us, the hike was not anywhere near as difficult as previous reviewers led us to believe (the ten-year-old complained on the way up, but he complains about everything!) We did not take a tour of the house,... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Des Moines, Iowa
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Didn't think it was worth paying the price to actually go inside. You can look inside a few windows & "get the idea" in my opinion. It was interesting to see but nothing spectacular.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Fairbury,Il
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The hike to Vikingsholm is 1 mile down and 1 mile back up! Well worth the effort to see the grounds and learn the history of Vikingsholm. The Park Ranger tour of the home is very informative and interesting. The views of Emerald Bay are spectacular.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sandy, UT
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I stopped at the Emerald Bay State park above Vikingsholm. Then I hiked the trail down to this attraction. It is about a mile each way. At Vikingsholm I took their tour so I could see inside the home. It was very interesting.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
London, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We were incredibly lucky and just managed to bag a parking spot but parking here is limited so be aware. The house tour is very well done. Although relatively small, the house has a very friendly feel to it and the tour guide was helpful and informative. Well worth a visit.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Francisco
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

We took the hike down from the busy parking area - we got lucky but many had to circle for 15 minutes or more - and had a great day exploring the area around Vikingsholm and swimming in the bay. Perfect weather helped. Bring water and a picnic lunch.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We visited gorgeous Emerald Bay and decided Vikingsholm was worth a visit which also took us closer to the bay. There is a very small parking lot which was full when we got there so we went to Inspiration Point (a must do) and then to The Beacon at Camp Richardson for lunch. So either go very early or mid-afternoon.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
53 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I arrived at the Vikingsholm parking lot at 8:30am and found no attendant- self service payment on the honor system. Fee is $10 for the lot and I only had a $20 bill so they got a bonus. Hike down isn't bad, although you're better of with a shoe having good support. Gravel can slide and one could easily twist... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pendleton, Oregon
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

LOVED THIS Stop on our family vacation. We spent the day hanging out at the beach of Lake Tahoe, playing in the water and going through the visitor center at the Vikingsholm. Also rented a Kayak and paddled out to Emerald Island...just spectacular! Only think I would change is make a "No Wake" zone for the kayaks in this corner... More

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Vikingsholm also viewed

South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe (California)
South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe (California)
 
South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe (California)
South Lake Tahoe, Lake Tahoe (California)
 

Been to Vikingsholm? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Vikingsholm, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing