Mostar, Bosnia & Hercegovina

If the 1993 bombardment of Mostar's iconic 16th-century stone bridge underlined the heartbreaking pointlessness of Yugoslavia's brutal civil war, its painstaking reconstruction has proved symbolic of a peaceful new era. Although parts of Mostar are still dotted with shockingly bombed-out buildings, the town continues to dust itself off. Its charming Ottoman quarter has been especially convincingly rebuilt and is once again a delightful patchwork of stone mosques, souvenir peddlers and inviting cafes and today it's tourists rather than militias who besiege the place.