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Vikingsholm, South Lake Tahoe

Categories: Castles, Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 500+ reviews on the web
A 38-room mansion nestled among pine and cedar trees, Vikingsholm was constructed mostly from materials found in the surrounding wilderness. It took 200 workers to complete this castle-like structure in 1928 and 1929. Considered as a supreme example of Scandinavian architecture, the house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Guided tours are available seasonally. Enjoy the scenery of Lake Tahoe as you climb a 1.6 km (1 mi) steep scenic trail to the site. Parking is limited and has a fee. Put Vikingsholm into our South Lake Tahoe trip generator and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • The house like many other attractions in South lake Tahoe is closed in October. You can pay $10 to park in the nearby parking lot and walk around the house but if you want to get a tour of the place m...  read more »
  • Stopped at Emerald bay 2nd time, went on Vikingsholm trail down to the Emerald bay beach at sunset, it was so peaceful and beautiful there. Then the Vikingsholm appeared in the scene, the castle is un...  read more »
  • The smooth hike down the hill is just a short mile dotted with small waterfalls, trees and a view that opens into the forest meets Emerald Bay beach line. Here Vikingsholm stands tall and statuesque. ...  read more »
  • Love this place! The hike to Vikingsholm wasn't too bad and the tour was pretty fascinating as well as beautifully preserved. Definitely recommending going here at least once (if you can find parking at the top that is).
  • Although it was quite a hike to get to (especially on the way back up, 1 mile up hill) the staff were great, friendly and accommodating. It was worth it. Breathtaking views! Easy process and the equipment was reliable and easy to use. Make sure you leave some energy for thr hike back up hill! We (3 kids and i) rented one kayak and a paddle board for a full day. We arrived at 12p and brought it back at 5p. Exhausting but exhilarating! Nice beach and peir was fun to jump off of! Water was beautiful...just like Hawaii...can see through to the bottom.
  • The Vikingsholm has a lot of typical Scandinavian details, which I have seen a lot during my trips to Norway and Sweden. There is a parking lot at the top, where you have to pay $10 for a day card. From there you walk down the path to the house where you will pass some beautiful pine trees. There is also a small beach and the Eagle waterfall comes out into the lake just a small walk after the house. A really nice stop when you are driving around the lake.
  • An excellent spot to paint a picture, relax and go for a dip, or curious ending to the Rubicon Trail hike. Take a moment to check out the roof. The history of the place will set off the imagination. Bring your walking shoes and sketchbook.
  • Absolutely gorgeous. The beach is stunning and the house is incredible. Worth the trek!! The walk is a mile down and a mile back. Going down is easy, up is harder especially in a hot day as the trail is a little steep.
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