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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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Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
+1 530-541-3030
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Although it is a hike down to Emerald Bay and a worse one back up, the house is worth a visit. It was built in the Scandinavian style and very different from other historic homes of rich people. The docent gave just enough information and...More

Thank Teramo48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Combine a some hiking exercise with historical discovery. This landmark is an important original home of Lake Tahoe. Guides are knowledgeable and will answer all your questions. Parking can be a challenge and check schedule for opening. We were lucky to catch the last weekend...then...More

Thank Roberta Y
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed touring Vikingsholm. We had seen it from the lake and had read about it. The tour guide was interesting and informative. It was interesting to learn more about the fascinating history of the design, construction, and use of this structure. It's definitely...More

1  Thank dcrunner5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Vikingsholm, of course, was never visited by vikings. But inspired by the lake and trees the home is modeled on ancient homes in Scandanavia. No question it is a beautiful place to visit. But it is costly (a little cash and lot of effort) The...More

Thank scubaDave52
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We drove around the lake to visit this place. The parking lots were full (on a Tuesday morning), as well as the roadside parking. We finally found a place and walked back to the main parking lot and then the one mile downhill on a...More

Thank Fred T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been visiting the South Lake Tahoe area for 50 years and only just did the Vikingsholm tour for the first time. Wish we'd done it sooner! Amazing history, terrific docent, and you're allowed to roam by yourself after the tour. Got some great...More

Thank Donna H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Emerald Bay with the historic Nordic style lodge aptly name Vikingsholm with worthy of an afternoon. It’s a breathtaking view from the highway vista, but also worthy of the hike down or boat trip to Emerald Bay. It’s one of the top star attractions of...More

1  Thank Vera G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Parking at the top cost $10. This will also cover the cost of the other state park (DL Bliss) just down the road. The walk down is a mile. ( The first U turn is about half way to the house). The tour of the...More

Thank 586brandonm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great your! Nancy was our guide and she knows her stuff! 14 years I believe she's been doing the your. So interesting and 80% of the furnishings are original. A really fun trip. Parking a pain so get there early. They also limit the size...More

Thank Jennifermoen
Reviewed September 6, 2018 via mobile

First point. Do not let the Trip Advisor map guide you. It was totally wrong in location. However, we did find the place with the help of Google and the Taylor Creek Visitor center. Parking lot was full, but there was free roadside parking available....More

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September 21, 2018|
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Response from l0tusbl0ss0m | Reviewed this property |
I believe if you call ahead they can arrange for a cart to transport up and down the hillside.
Nate M
July 16, 2018|
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Response from Jodell L | Reviewed this property |
No, the parking lot is very small and limited; likewise the road.
January 22, 2017|
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Response from Anita W | Reviewed this property |
I believe so and car parking charge too.