Apart from the tragic way it separated from Yugoslavia, Bosnia-Herzegovina has long been — and remains — a remarkable place, with ruggedly beautiful terrain, a unique mix of cultures and faiths, kind and welcoming people who pride themselves on their hospitality, and some of the most captivating sightseeing in southeastern Europe. A visit here offers a fascinating opportunity to sample the cultures of these three major faiths within a relatively small area. In the same day, you can inhale incense in a mystical-feeling Serbian Orthodox church, hear the subtle clicking of rosary beads in a Roman Catholic church, and listen to the Muslim call to prayer echo across a skyline of prickly minarets.
At a Glance
▲▲▲ Mostar An easy taste of Bosnia-Herzegovina, with a striking setting, vivid Muslim culture, old Turkish architecture, evocative war damage, and an inspiring, rebuilt Old Bridge; plus nearby Muslim sights (scenic gorge and dervish house at Blagaj, hill town of Počitelj, workaday burg of Stolac) and the famous Catholic pilgrimage site of Međugorje.
▲▲▲ Sarajevo Formerly war-torn, now rejuvenated Bosnian capital, with a fascinating layered history and a spectacular mountain-valley setting.