Bosnia and Herzegovnia’s landscape is as dramatic as its recent history. Its mountains thrust steeply toward the sky, and its rivers carve canyons deep into the heart of the earth. The natural attractions of Bosnia and Herzegovnia remain largely untainted by the violent tendencies of man, while much of its historic l architecture was devastated by the Yugoslav wars of the 1990s.
But this is a land determined to rebound, as evidenced by the reconstruction of the Mostar Bridge, a 16th century stone arch spanning the river Neretva. The bridge was destroyed in 1993 during the war, but the resilient people of Bosnia and Herzegovnia saw it reopen in 2004, reconstructed from limestone dredged from wreckage that collapsed into the Neretva a decade earlier.Tourists are once more slowly streaming into Bosnia and Herzegovnia, and their dollars are helping the country recover from its recent war, whose impact resonates in the lagging economy, high unemployment and brutalized infrastructure. Possible activities for those who journey here include rafting excursions on the River Una, festivals and bazaars in Sarajevo, and touring one of the few historical buildings left in tact, the 13th century Fethija Mosque in central Bihac.