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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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  • The history and story of this castle and original owner is beautiful. Such a lovely sight at any angle. 
  • Vikingsholm is very busy with many tourist going. Go during the week to avoid some of the crowds. Some tourist will underestimate the walk down to the castle. 
  • Although visitor centre closed, superb setting in what must be the most beautiful spot Emerald Bay, in Lake Tahoe. Worth the long walk down to see the castle exterior and Eagle Falls. Nice spot for a ...  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.