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Address: Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
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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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Great hike and beautiful architecture

This is a lovely hike through a wooded area to end up at a lakefront home. Bring a lunch and sit lakeside to enjoy it.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely hike through a wooded area to end up at a lakefront home. Bring a lunch and sit lakeside to enjoy it.

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Lake Tahoe
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Built by a wealthy woman from Sweden to excentuate the crafts of her home country. Woods, materials, architecture design, and craftmen builders were imported from Sweden. The home is a rare jewel on Emerald Bays clear, greenish waters. Available for tours other than winter.

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Livonia, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This attraction requires a good hike through a very pretty wooded area overlooking the lake. The house itself was beautiful and the history was interesting too.

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East Lyme, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Plan for a vigorous hike down and back up. A great idea is to pack a lunch and be sure to have water. It's probably a 20-30 minute hike but you will want to spend time on the beach and the tour takes 45mins to an hour.

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Morgantown, West Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was absolutely worth hiking to. Our 2 and 6 year olds loved made the hike a little longer but the views are spectacular and the home is very unique.

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South Lake Tahoe, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 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 18 January 2017 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

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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