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When you pull into the parking lot off Highway 89, you’ll have to hike a short trail to get to Vikingsholm…and it’s worth it! The views of Emerald Bay from here are beautiful. However, this trail is steep! Bring water, and be ready to rest.
The house itself… well, they call it a castle. It’s a terrific example of Scandinavian architecture in the western hemisphere, and that’s what most of the tour is going to be focusing on. It was built in 1928 and accurately reflects the Scandinavian building styles of that period. Tours are always guided and take place roughly every hour. Either comes really early, or really late (if you want to catch the sunset). Also, visit the popular attractions in the city by following South Lake Tahoe Itinerary 3 Days.
Vikingsholm Travel Tips
- There is a private dock for those who want to come by boat.
- If handicapped, call ahead to make appropriate arrangements.
Entrance Ticket Details For Vikingsholm
- USD 8 for 7-17 years old; Free for under 7.
- USD 10 parking fee; limited parking available, so come earlier.
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49.45% of people who visit South Lake Tahoe include Vikingsholm in their plan
10 AM - 11 AM
75.61% of people start their Vikingsholm visit around 10 AM - 11 AM
1 Hr 30 Minutes
People usually take around 1 Hr 30 Minutes to see Vikingsholm
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Vikingsholm
Vikingsholm Reviews & Ratings
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.
The hike to the location is fine coming down but going up it is a mission especially if you are not used to the elevation. Vikingsholm is a nice place to tour. The price is $15 per adult but worth it to see the castle. The view of emerald bay is worth the trip in it's self.
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.
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!
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!