Vikingsholm, South Lake Tahoe

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Castle · Architectural Building
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. PutVikingsholm 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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  • Emerald Bay is a gorgeous cove in Lake Tahoe and the Vikingsholm house sits on the shore of the lake with a great view. The hike down is very steep; I found it more difficult going down than up...  more »
  • Vikingsholm finally opened for tours May 29, 2021, after being closed since March 17, 2020, some 15 months! We parked on the side of the road 1000 feet away, down near the Eagle Lake Parking lot...  more »
  • While walking along the trail, there was a nice home near the lake. It overlooks the lake and there are nice benches and a beach where you can sit and see the birds. The trail was a pleasant walk...  more »
  • The home is lovely. The history of it is very interesting. Lake Tahoe is stunning from any view. The tour guide was very informative. It is definitely worth the hike down to it. But remember what goes down has to get back up the hill. It may be too much for some.
  • Get there before 10:00 a.m. to make sure you get a parking spot unless you want to park along the road. It's a mile walk down and a pretty steep walk up but it's all on relatively even surface. They have a small gift shop at the bottom that has some ice cream and water. There are also restrooms but no water in the restrooms. The tour of Vikingsholm was 30 minutes long and a guide provided a brief history of the family and property. You could look into the rooms but only were able to enter one. Still, it was worth it to us and we enjoyed Inspiration Point, a hike up to Cascade Falls and a visit to Vikingsholm.
  • Vikingsholm is a great place to visit, offering beautiful architecture and a fascinating story behind its creation (no Viking colony on Lake Tahoe, sorry). It seems like most people drive here but we arrived from the water, beaching the boat right in front of Vikingsholm during a day of exploring Emerald Bay and Fannette Island. Make sure to bring your camera as you'll definitely want to take pictures of this place!
  • Beautiful house and gorgeous location! Obviously the hike to/from the castle can be intense as it is all downhill/uphill depending on the direction. We enjoyed our tour!
  • Beautiful home and beautiful spot. It's a steep hike on a very easy to walk on path. Small legs will probably need assistance. But it was worth the trek to see the beautiful sites and this beautiful home. There are picnic tables to have lunch and kayak rentals. The falls is breathtaking and would be a great day trip!

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