Vikingsholm is Tahoe's hidden castle, a place of elegance and beautiful natural landscape. Construction for this masterpiece of Scandinavian architecture began in 1929 and finished in 1932. A dream that came to reality for owner Lora J. Knight, her Scandinavian castle was host to many friends and family until her death 15 years later. Today the impressive and inspiring property situated at the head of Emerald Bay and across from Fanette Island is a historical masterpiece still shining with the love and care of those who work there. Guests are welcome to enjoy the grounds and beaches year round, but know that the trail to the castle can be tricky if there is snow or ice. Tours of Vikingsholm Castle begin Memorial Day weekend every year and go to the end of September; hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is important to note that there is a 1-mile steep walk down to the castle. It is impossible to bring a car down to help someone in the case of emergency, so it is important that one's health be good enough to hike a steep mile trail up and down at an elevation of 6,300 feet. There is access to the castle via the lake for private boats. Boat drivers can unload passengers at a dock on property and beach the boat during day visits.
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