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Address: Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Phone Number: +1 530-541-3030
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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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WHAT A CINDERELLA SIGHT

The history and story of this castle and original owner is beautiful. Such a lovely sight at any angle.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Lakewood, Washington
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Lakewood, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The history and story of this castle and original owner is beautiful. Such a lovely sight at any angle.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Vikingsholm is very busy with many tourist going. Go during the week to avoid some of the crowds. Some tourist will underestimate the walk down to the castle.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Although visitor centre closed, superb setting in what must be the most beautiful spot Emerald Bay, in Lake Tahoe. Worth the long walk down to see the castle exterior and Eagle Falls. Nice spot for a picnic or just watching the paddle steamer tour sail by the beach and Fannette Island. At least 30 min walk back up very steep... More 

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Trabuco Canyon, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you drive to the Vikingsholm parking lot, there is a $10 fee. There is also a pretty strenous hike back to the parking lot. I am in my 50s, and not in the best shape, but I made it:), and I was glad I checked out the property.

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Vikingsholm is a must see "mansion" on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Even when the inside is closed, the outside of Vikingsholm is a site to see. Plus the view of the island from Emerald Bay is breathtaking. Wear layers as the temperature can change dramatically from the parking area down to the shoreline. Bring water and cash/credit card to... More 

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Tahoe Vista, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Riches to Riches. The playground of the rich and famous. To see the details that went into the construction of these residences is beyond even today's standards! Makes you want to win the Lottery!

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Moss Beach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

Though the hike down to see the Vikingsholm is just one mile, you feel it, at over 6,000 ft (and over 400 ft hike down - and UP). Even though I was already experiencing a bit of altitude sickness, I took the hike down there, to find that it was WORTH IT. We paid a $10. fee to take the... More 

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Hardy, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

My wife and I visited the Tahoe area for a week in September 2016 and we were lucky enough to spend a couple days at Emerald isle. One morning the traffic from South Lake was stopped due to a road closure and we were lucky enough to be the first people to get tickets for a tour through Vikingsholm. It... More 

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Upland, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We hiked down to Vikingsholm knowing that it was already closed for the season. It's a beautiful, easy walk downhill on a nice, shaded, wide trail. Going back up was harder, of course, but still well worth it. Lots of places to sit and rest if you get tired or just want to enjoy the views. The view of Emerald... More 

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Tomahawk, WI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

My sister and I hiked the 1 mile down to Vikingsholm even tho we knew it was closed for the season but it was well worth it. It's a little harder hiking back up but it only took us 5 minutes longer than walking down. The path/road is quite easy to walk altho can become steep. We had seen the... More 

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