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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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Sun - Sat 10:30 - 16:30
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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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Hiking & Boating

Whichever method you choose, it's a great tourist attraction. If you are in South Lake Tahoe, it is a must see, as is the hike to Upper and Lower Eagle Falls.

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Texas
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Whichever method you choose, it's a great tourist attraction. If you are in South Lake Tahoe, it is a must see, as is the hike to Upper and Lower Eagle Falls.

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the hike from the parking lot near the freeway, which was $10 and very limited space. Hiked down to the water front, and although the castle was closed to tours, as the season opens at the end of May, we had a nice picnic on the shore of the lake, which had a few picnic tables/benches, then hiked to... More 

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County Donegal, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We walked downhill for 20 minutes to the Viking House in Emerald Bay. The building is unusual and interesting. Not allowed to touch anything and visitors kept behind barriers. Guide did not show us around the whole building - disappointing. The walk back up to the main highway was difficult and not suited to older people.

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Idaho
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The weather was a bit sketchy so there were not loads of people there. The parking lot is kinda small but we found a spot. Parking costs $10 and you pay at the little booth. The view from the top is tremendous and we'll worth taking a few extra minutes or more just to absorb. There is a sign at... More 

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San Anselmo, California
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Spectacular views of Emerald Bay plus a castle and waterfalls! What more can you ask for? Arrive early to avoid the crowds and parking jam! Unfortunately, Vikingsholm was still closed for the season when we visited in late April so we will return to tour the house. After an easy hike down from the parking lot, we took in the... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We did the one mile hike downhill from the small parking lot down what seemed to be 500 feet to the lake and site of the house. House closed for the season. The vistas and view of the lake from the parking lot to the lake are magnificent. From the House area you can see Emerald Island. The walk back... More 

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Rohnert Park, California
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Still lots of snow when I visited on 21 April, but the highway was clear and dry. It was a gloriously sunny day -- blue sky and water, green trees, white peaks. There was lots of water flowing down streams from snow melt. Trails were basically inaccessible unless one was prepared to walk on top of deep snowbanks.

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1 Thank rickluttmann
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is a beautiful location. The home is beautiful and it's grounds. I was able to take the tour with family and friends.

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Slovenia
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Me and my husband really loved this place and our kids liked it too. At first we were worried about hiking because of kids, but it was totally worth it. It's really unique place with amazing view.

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Thank Rita_Bede
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Headline. Mic drop. Seriously. The view, especially during winter with the snow is priceless. Worth the drive.

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