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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  • Part of Emerald Bay State Park. Even if you don’t choose to tour the home it’s a nice area to walk around. Some good trees, waterfall, lakefront. Some people came prepared to swim. We did the tour. It...  more »
  • Parked early 9:30AM and paid the $10 pkng fee at machine. Portapottys in pkng lot were gross - no toilet paper in any of the 4 stalls Downhill 1 mi. walk was pleasant and easy with shade from trees- g...  more »
  • My husband and I toure this Castle in Enerald Bay while my daughter and her boyfriend did the Rubicon Trail (over 6 miles). The history of the women who built this place was very interesting. worth th...  more »
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  • a short walk down hill to the Vikingsholm house, love the beach with clear water and emerald island is just nearby. this little mansion itself is amazingly beautiful.
  • One of the most beautiful places on earth. Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe is truly a must see.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
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