Tucked away in the mountains of Switzerland - accessed only by mountain railway - no road leads you there - is my idea of winter paradise.  The "picture perfect" mountain village of Wengen.  Wengen is in central Switzerland at 1274m above sea level.  This can be reached by train from Lauterbrunnen or Grunewald and is located beneath the imposing Eiger-Mรถnch-Jungfrau mountain range in the heart of the Bernese Oberland.

Equally magnificent in both winter and summer, we chose winter (Christmas in fact) for our holiday.

For our family, we opted to hire a chalet, situated in the lower region, of the actual village street which comprises picturesque shops, restaurants, bars and hotels.  We ensured that we wore comfortable solid boots in the snow (and yes we had the perfect White Christmas).  The walking paths can be fairly steep and a certain level of fitness is required.  Of course, the Swiss themselves are normally very fit and are used to lots of walking and climbing in icy and snow-covered terrain.

Wengen is regarded as a family-friendly region, with 110km of easy to medium difficulty pistes.  (In fact there is a World Cup piste on the Lauberhorn).  With the sparkling clean air, lengthy hours of sunshine, it is a truly wonderful place to visit.

There are many beautiful places to stay in Switzerland, but the fact there are no motor cars in Wengen evokes pure joy to one, especially when there are young children in the family.

If one opts to stay in an hotel, there are many truly beautiful hotels, which even date from the belle epoque period.

The chalet where we stayed, was really well appointed and the surroundings absolutely breath-taking, with 3-bedrooms, 1 bathroom with a separate toilet.  In our bedroom the owners had left extra blankets, which is not so unusual, but in addition to that had made available to us extra jerseys.  In the lounge was a cosy fireplace and even a bookcase with many interesting books for us to read.  Being Christmas we chose to acquire and decorate a Christmas tree, which we placed near our lounge window.

At the centre of the village there is the ski school, which is not only fun for the children, but after a week of classes, they hold a competition - after which should they finish first, second or third, they have to take their appropriate place on the podium to receive a medal - an early taste of the Olympics!

Mum and dad can also join a class at the ski school should ski-ing not be a skill already learned, whilst the junior members of the family are otherwise engaged.

The village also boasts a curling or skating rink. 

The shops, including tourist shops, have most of the amenities one would require, and you can spend hours at the village, visiting a bistro, or perhaps an hotel, to enjoy coffee or hot chocolate or even lunch, outside enjoying the sunshine, or overlooking more energetic ski-ers.  There is a Co-op, where one can buy groceries, for those who are self catering.  Several stores sell gear for hiking, climbing and ski-ing.

The village is equally alive in the evening, where one can enjoy the many venues for food and music, in congenial company.

The large ski lift operates conveniently from the centre of the village and accommodates quite a number of people on each journey.  It is a spectacular journey and extremely user-friendly.

A must visit is the journey accessed by train, to the Top of Europe - Jungfraujoch.