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Vikingsholm, South Lake Tahoe

(4.6/5 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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TripAdvisor
  • 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 pic...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 w...  more »
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  • It's beautiful and the history is very unique. Besides that's where I got married. Very memorable. Morning is best if you can make it. The morning sun is so warm and very beautiful. The sunlight shines up the castle rock and the grounds are at their best. The Godfather was filmed there. The clean-up was amazing. Didn't mess around with the natural beauty. My husband and I hiked down the steep hill with high heals white dress and a black Tuxedo!. Dressed and ready. Didn't know a soul except for the tourist. Great experience.
  • awesome scenery. The one mile hike down and another mile back up isn't bad at all. Take your time. Parking is very limited / $10. nice place to stop. Would go again.
  • Historical place, we came across a bear, was terrified as it was as close as 5 meters away. The hike to this place is 2 miles round trip and has beautiful views of the lake tahoe and the fanette island.
  • 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.