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Address: Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
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+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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A wonderful Tahoe experience if you appreciate history. Possibly the best example of Scandinavian architecture in the US, sod roof and all. Check dates and times if you want a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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South Lake Tahoe, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A wonderful Tahoe experience if you appreciate history. Possibly the best example of Scandinavian architecture in the US, sod roof and all. Check dates and times if you want a tour. Or just take a picnic and sit on the beach. (Yellowjackets were annoying last summer but it should be better this year after a big winter). The hike from... More 

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Delightful step back in time to see this magnificent complex The setting of Emerald Bay is sensational There is not a lot of parking available at the top where you leave vehicle and then walk down to see Vikingsholm, but totally worth it Beach is also wonderful to visit while there Great family outing

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Ocean, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When traveling to the area don't miss this amazing place open seasonally for tours inside. The hike down to the cove is pretty steep which means it can be a little strenuous to hike back up but well worth it. I read a number of reviews before visiting saying things like no flip flops, wear sturdy shoes very strenuous but... More 

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Lakewood, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

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 30 November 2016

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 16 November 2016 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 14 November 2016

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 13 November 2016

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 7 November 2016

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 22 October 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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