Kristianstad is a Renaissance city, founded in 1614 by King Christian IV of Denmark. The city was initially built as a fortress, surrounded by wetlands that provided a natural defence.
Åhus is one of the best preserved medieval towns in all of Sweden. Even today, among the cobbled streets in the heart of the Old Town there is much to remind visitors of the time when Åhus was part of Denmark.
You can also follow BBC chef Tareq Taylor on his tasty tour of regional dishes and get to know Kristianstad and the surroundings.