Vikingsholm

Vikingsholm, South Lake Tahoe: Hours, Address, Vikingsholm Reviews: 4.5/5

Vikingsholm
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Castles
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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
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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robert c
Sunnyvale, CA3,513 contributions
Jun 2021
Vikingsholm finally opened for tours May 29, 2021, after being closed since March 17, 2020, some 15 months!

We parked on the side of the road 1000 feet away, down near the Eagle Lake Parking lot, which was full of 30 cars by 8am. All parking for 35 vehicles on the side of the road filled by 820am Monday.

Did the Eagle Lake hike in 2.5 hours before coming here.

60 vehicle Vikingsholm parking lot filled by 1130am Monday. $72 citation for cars not displaying the $10 parking permit on their dashboard.

1 mile hike down the service road leading to the mansion. Beautiful views of Emerald Bay and Fanette island. First house I've encountered with a mile long driveway.

The only way for the public to enter the Vikingsholm is by tour. $15 for adults, $12 for seniors like me, under 7 free. Tours run 1030am to 4pm every half hour from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

June 14, 2021. Ticket purchasers must wear masks to enter the visitor center to buy tickets, and tour attendees must wear masks at all times.

The 2021 tour takes place outside in the central courtyard, instead of inside the building as in 2019 and before. Afterwards, attendees can reenter the building to take pictures of the banquet room, the living room, and the kitchen.

No visitor access to the library in the circular turret, nor to any of the upstairs bedrooms, unlike the 2019 tours.

30 minutes to hike back to the top of the hill to the parking lot. Saw people pushing strollers and baby carriages, and people in flip flops trudging up the steep gravel trail.

2pm, Back on the road, all parking spots taken, with cars like vultures looking for any opening.

Had to have the wife get out and direct traffic, when backing my car out of the perpendicular parking on the road, as backing out blind with an oversized van blocking my view.

One lucky guy took my spot, just happened to be driving in the opposite direction, and had the biggest smile on his face as if he won the lottery.
Written June 14, 2021
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Empty Nesters
Louisville, KY330 contributions
Jul 2021
The hike down and back to Vikingsholm was very pleasant (although moderately difficult coming up). The house is absolutely beautiful and the tour guides provided colorful and interesting history of the home. The visitor center also had great historical information on the house. The view of Emerald Bay was beautiful. This is definitely worth the hike down and the $15/person cost for the tour.
Written July 30, 2021
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jerjon
Mojave, CA703 contributions
Jun 2021
Emerald Bay is a gorgeous cove in Lake Tahoe and the Vikingsholm house sits on the shore of the lake with a great view. The hike down is very steep; I found it more difficult going down than up, although visitors should heed the sign that warns you must be relatively fit to do this hike. It took me about 20 minutes down and 30 minutes up (bring water and a light snack!).

Vikingsholm house is gorgeous and I did the 30 minute tour. The tour is mostly conducted outside with a brief walkthrough the ground floor of the building. This was due to COVID restrictions; the tour would have been so much better if we could have seen some of the upper rooms. We did get to peek in the adjacent building with kitchen and servers' quarters.

Although my visit was just a short one, you could make a nice picnic down on the shore for those that would want to carry provisions down (and up) the hill.
Written June 15, 2021
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Anh L
6 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
While walking along the trail, there was a nice home near the lake. It overlooks the lake and there are nice benches and a beach where you can sit and see the birds. The trail was a pleasant walk, not too bad for hiking and is suitable for all ages. One may need to check on their health because going down is easy, but going up the trail may take time. The tall trees were very nice; loved seeing the different species of birds around the area.

Vikingsholm was not open for tours at this time unfortunately but it was a beautiful house. Reminds me of the houses I see in children’s storybooks.
Written June 2, 2021
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Cindy M
7 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
The hike was beautiful in its self you go down to lake level and you see so much beauty but the hike back out isn't for the weak of heart.... But it was well worth it To learn of the history of Lake Tahoe was amazing. I never would of known if I didn't take this hike. ..
Written August 1, 2021
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callucan
Roseville, CA92 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
This was not our 1st visit.
We have toured & hiked at this beautiful, historic spot many times -- in all seasons.
But this visit was short & aggravating. Early on a weekday during a pandemic & every possible parking spot, even the illegal possibilities along the side of curvy Rt
89, was filled. Worse yet were the numbers of people, mostly young adults, without masks.
Tahoe transit needs to institute the kind of free tour busses national parks use. Careless tourists are ruining its beauty & safety.


Written October 27, 2020
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Alison W
Tadcaster, England, United Kingdom318 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Walked down from the car park to the lake level to enjoy unparalleled views of the lake. The house is not open at this time of year but the exterior is still very interesting. Picture shows gasoline pump behind the garage.
Written March 11, 2020
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critiqueVirginia
virginia79 contributions
Nov 2020
This was an excellent hiking trip. Busy trail. The trail is well groomed but has an incline for those who may find that hard. The scenery was great!! The water side home there is a historic treasure. It was not open when we went but you can see how they a trying to preserve it and has historical info there.The lake area has picnic tables and the scene is unforgettable!!. Definitely worth the trip!! Benches on the trail and parking is easy. We parked down the road and walked up a safe sideroad trail to the trail head.
Written November 15, 2020
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Shellie S
3 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
The actual house was closed because of COVID-19, so we we're just able to walk around. We followed the trail around the bay to the boat in campsites. Lovely weather, beautiful trails, and well maintained. Definitely get there early. We parked around 7:30 and there were only a few other cars. By the time we left at 11:30 the parking lot was full and there were a lot of cars circling. The walk down was definitely easier than the walk up, but then again, I'm not in the best shape.
Written October 22, 2020
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wisteriabarb
Stilwell, KS511 contributions
May 2021 • Friends
Too bad the tour was temporarily closed. Would have probably made the two mile hike worth it. But I still love history.
The mountain run off in waterfalls was very pretty and peaceful.
Really glad we went late in the day when there were no crowds.
Written May 25, 2021
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