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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  • This is very unusual house built by the lake. It has very interesting history. It would be nice to see it inside. Unfortunately there is no option like that during the winter. We could only see it fro...  more »
  • We took the Safari Rose cruise and saw the castle from there. The captain gave us the backstory on Mrs. Knight, the lady who had the castle built. Wish we were here during the season so we could tour ...  more »
  • I recommend visit this place and is in a excellent location for taking pictures ppl are friendly you’ll love it  more »
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  • Moderate to easy 1-mile hike. Parking can be a challenge depending on your arrival time. Sweeping vistas, crystal blue Tahoe water, and the Nordic themes of Vikingsholm make this a definite must-do. Even if you don't go to Vikingsholm itself, it is perfect for a family picnic or date day.
  • 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!
  • We got there super early on a weekday and still had trouble finding a parking spot. The hike in is easy. We enjoyed the tour and spent some time getting to know our friendly tour guide.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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South Lake Tahoe is situated near the water. The popular accommodations are the area resorts, all of which are centrally located. Lodgings just across the state line give easy access to the casinos, and the lake is never far away.
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