Vikingsholm, South Lake Tahoe

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 planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • October 3, 2017
    It is a long walk down to the castle but once you get there its very beautiful. The tour guide was great and after she went through the history of how the house was built and the story behind it, we w...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    it was a wonderful tour and very interesting. lake tahoe is a beautiful lake and driving around we stumbled on this tour.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    We lucked out by arriving early (about 10 a.m.) and could find parking at the top of the hill. Lovely walk down to the lake shore and the Vikingsholm. Our tour guide in the home was very informative a...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    A bit of a step 1-mile hike down, but I made it while 24-weeks pregnant so you can too :-) The tour was very cool, every half hour, and got a close-up look at the rooms inside the home. The grounds afford a lovely view and access to Lake Tahoe, with a small beach area, picnic area, and access to kayak, paddle board/boat rentals for those who want to check out the Tea House on the island. Well worth a visit!
  • June 29, 2017
    This was a pretty cool place. The tour was only decent, but it was worth it to see the inside of the house. Emerald cove is gorgeous.
  • May 8, 2017
    Beautiful views. It was cold at the parking lot in May, but was much better on the trail as you go lower. The hike back up may warm you up. There is a public rest room on the trail.
  • July 10, 2017
    A nice place hidden in the Tahoe wilderness. Not a good place for young kids, the tour and things to see are good for adults, but extremely boring for kids.
  • April 29, 2017
    Scenic view to the bay. We enjoyed this location. We hit this place upon a bicycle tour May 2007...

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