Vikingsholm, South Lake Tahoe

4.5
#1 of 8 in Historic Sites in Lake Tahoe (California)
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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  • One of the most famous and frequented points of the bay, both for this beautiful building but also for the view and the context in which it is located. It can be reached with starting from several points, although Rubicon and the homonymous trail are the most popular ones. It's worth it.
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  • If you have not seen Vikingsholm it is great. Try not to go in the rain or snow, but great if sunny. It is an old rustic place with get views and nice legends. The tours a very good. Sometimes there i...  more »
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  • Beautiful old mansion based on Scandinavian architecture. Awesome layout. Beautiful river is close. It is a fairly long hike to get there (one mile) and the hike back isnt easy. Not rough, just steep. Stop and catch your breath. Plan your day so it isn't closed (inside) when you get there. And (paid) parking is limited so get there early. Hours were 10:30 to 4:30, seasonally for guided tour. You might want to confirm. Kayak rental nearby. Pack water and snacks. Highly recommended!
  • It's beautiful and the history is very unique. Besides that's where I got married. 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. The most photographed area of Lake Tahoe! Parking and tourists information about Emerald Bay.

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