Slovakia is a landlocked country in Central Europe with a capital Bratislava. The Slovak Republic shares borders with the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south. In terms of tourism, Slovakia can be rendered as an up-and-coming European Union country. This country attracts more than 30 million of tourists each year. Slovakia stands out for its variety of natural features, mountain ski resorts, historic cities, caves, wooden churches and national parks. About 40 percent of Slovakia is covered with forests. These forests are home to bears, wolves, foxes, rabbits and squirrels. Chamois and lynx can be found in mountain areas. Slovakia features an extraordinarily high percentage of protected area spaces and national parks. One of Slovakia's main tourist attractions are the Tatra mountains (divided into High Tatras and Low Tatras), the highest part of the Carpathians. They feature many rare plant and animal species and offer numerous ski, mountain walking and mountaineering opportunities. Rivers and streams in the mountains of Slovakia are often used for white-water based activities and rafting. Using boats, kayaks and canoes is also very popular in Slovakia. The use of rafts has a very long tradition in Slovakia and especially rafts on the spectacular Danube river are very popular among tourists.