A land where turquoise rivers run swift and sheep huddle on steep hillsides, Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of Europe’s most visually stunning corners. With muezzins calling the faithful to prayer under a backdrop of church bells, it also provides a delightful fusion of East and West in the heart of the Balkans. This craggily beautiful land retains some lingering scars from the heartbreaking civil war in the 1990s. But today visitors will more likely remember Bosnia and Hercegovina for its deep, unassuming human warmth and for the intriguing atmosphere born of fascinatingly blended Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian histories. Major drawcards are the reincarnated antique centers of Sarajevo and Mostar, where rebuilt historical buildings counterpoint fashionable bars and Wi-Fi–equipped cafes. Many Bosnian towns are lovably small, wrapped around medieval castles and surrounded by mountain ridges or cascading river canyons. Few places in Europe offer better rafting or such accessible, inexpensive skiing. Bosnia and Herzegovina is an ideal place for the active tourist. There isn’t a lot of lying around on sandy beaches or in luxurious resorts, but for the adventure seeker or nature lover Bosnia and Herzegovina is a wonderland of pristine wilderness.