Bosnia & Herzegovina: Gorazde

Leaving Republic Srpska, you arrive into the Bosnia & Herzegovina proper with the first major town along the road being Gorazde, situated on the same Drina River. The town goes back to the 13th century as part of the Serbian kingdom, then Bosnian kingdom, then years of Ottoman rule, when it became a major trading center in the Balkans, rivaling Dubrovnik. The town suffered major destruction in WWII and even greater in the Bosnian War in 1990s, when the frontlines ran through it. The town is picturesquely located on both banks of the river, with the major attraction being the a large twin-minaret mosque right on the water.