We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.


Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
+1 530-541-3030
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Emerald Bay Helicopter Tour
More Info
and up
Lake Tahoe's Emerald Bay Cruise on M.S. Dixie II
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good33%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“parking lot” (84 reviews)
“mile hike” (42 reviews)
“emerald bay” (184 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 10:30 - 16:30
Hwy 89 at Emerald Bay State Park, South Lake Tahoe, CA
+1 530-541-3030
Write a Review
Reviews (619)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 603 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

We walked down into the beach area. We did not pay to go into the exibit. It looked very dull. It was beautiful. It is a very long walk down and a longer walk back up. I do not reccomend taking kids down there. If...More

Thank KClouthier
Reviewed 3 days ago

The hike was worth the trip. The castle is charming, and the view of the lake is beautiful! We did this first thing in the morning on a Wednesday, so we had no difficulty with parking, (parking is very limited), and it was definitely cooler...More

1  Thank AnneMarie L
Reviewed 6 days ago

When they say the walk down and back up is not for the weak....THEY MEAN IT. I have some arthritis and with the altitude...I had a very difficult time getting back up the hill. I had to stop at least 20 times...and it is only...More

Thank ktinbomo
Reviewed 6 days ago

Confession: We did not go inside Vikingsholm castle itself, but we did go to the museum, which is past the castle (also where you buys tickets to go inside the castle) and is incredibly informative. There is a discount for DL Bliss Park if you...More

Thank stephaniewoolsey
Reviewed 1 week ago

We got to the lake shore to spend some time after our hiking trip. It was a good choice from our group to visit this place and live this Scandinavian heritage. Built by an amazing woman who did a lot to help the society. Stunning

Thank NadaHal
Reviewed 1 week ago

I toured Vikingsholm on Sunday, 8/6/2017. I guess there's some way to arrange access by vehicle in advance, but I'm not sure how/where you'd go about doing that. The main way to the house is by walking down a mile-long path from the parking lot...More

3  Thank Mike P
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great hike but so worth it to see the gorgeous architecture, definitely a workout to hike back up the trail. Highly recommend

Thank Kellie C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So worth the 2 mile round trip hike to tour this gorgeous home. Almost everything is original in the home. This history is very interesting, our tour guide did a wonderful job. There is a small shop in the ticket house where you can purchase...More

Thank asmith6688
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visit to Emerald Bay should include Vikingsholm. Interesting architecture, small beach, and a little island where lady of the house had a high tea. Take public transportation is fun riding a trolley from Y station.

1  Thank Agp124
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautifully built and furnished by an amazing woman at age 65. The tour guide was personable and knowledgeable, the design of the home and location were supreme. Wow - how I would've loved to have lived there back in that time with so much of...More

1  Thank 458debbia
Nearby Restaurants
Evan's American Gourmet Cafe
420 reviews
8.16 km away
My Thai Cuisine
314 reviews
10.05 km away
Burger Lounge
109 reviews
8.83 km away
Sonney's Bbq Shack Bar and Grill
212 reviews
9.09 km away
Nearby Attractions
Emerald Bay State Park
634 reviews
1.13 km away
Eagle Lake
10 reviews
1.74 km away
Meeks Bay Beach
37 reviews
4.23 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
23 January 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Anita W | Reviewed this property |
I believe so and car parking charge too.
3 January 2017|
AnswerShow all 11 answers
Response from Booksloth | Reviewed this property |
No. I don't think so. Unless maybe across the water if you have a boat. It's a pleasant hike. It's on an old service road so no scrambling.
Ath S
29 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Booksloth | Reviewed this property |
I think you would be very rushed. I would choose one and spend time to enjoy it.