Kristianstad stands almost at the southern tip of Sweden. It’s a few miles inland from Hano Bay but like many Swedish cities is surrounded by lakes like Hammersjon and Araslovssjon. In fact much of the city is below sea level and has to be protected by elaborate flood defences. Those who hire a car in Kristianstad will be able to tour this eastern part of Skane. The highlights of the area include the pretty medieval coastal town of Ahus, Bäckaskog Castle and Gardens, and the grand Karsholm Castle on the shore of Lake Oppmannasjon.