They're mad and bad, unclean and mean - or so the story goes. These are the cities with the worst reputation in the world.
The scars of war add poignancy to the beautiful Balkan region, writes Leisa Tyler.
There are many cities around the world with a justifiably awful image. But here are 10 that are better than their reputation suggests.
Andrew West travels by rail through the Balkans and finds beauty and new life along with the scars of war.
Once deep down in the urban dumps, these cities have bounced back from the brink of becoming no-go destinations, turning tumultuous pasts into tourist drawcards.
Looking for a city where you can party the night (or day) away in cool clubs, bars and cafes? Here are 10 of the best.
Steve McKenna explores the rejuvenated tourist gems of a region once tortured by conflict.