Where were you born?
Where do you live?
In a little village called Zirl, about 10km from Innsbruck.
What’s best about your neighbourhood?
Within a five-minute walk I’m at the river, in a little forest or in the open countryside with a nice view onto the surrounding mountains.
If money was no object where would you live?
In a house with my own lake.
Which is your favourite Innsbruck street?
Landhausplatz: the city built the perfect skate park there for kids without realising. When I saw it, I wished I was 10 years younger.
Which are your favourite places to eat in Innsbruck?
Café Katzung on Herzog-Friedrich-Strasse. The Penz Hotel in Adolf-Pichler-Platz at weekends – just make sure to have a reservation. Restaurant Madhuban on Templstrasse; again, call before going, as they are often booked up. They offer delicious Indian cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. I often go for the chicken curry and they have really good wine, too.
Can you recommend any Austrian dishes?
Kasspatzln (cheese dumplings), Tiroler gröstl (rosti), kaspressknödl-suppn (cheese dumpling soup).
Where do you go for a drink with friends?
The Galway Bay Irish pub. I love it, my wife doesn’t. Or to the 5th Floor Bar at the Penz Hotel. Don’t go there looking too shabby. It’s a really nice place for drinks, especially on the terrace in the summer. And the Hudelist jazz bar on Seilergasse. I also recommend it for dinner, though it’s not cheap.
Which places sum up Innsbruck for you?
The old town, the Bergisel ski jump, the Stadtturm, the Schwarzmander Kirche, the Triumphpforte and taking the gondola up onto the Seegrube; there is a spectacular view of Innsbruck from there.
Where do you take out-of-town friends?
Kemater Alm, a bit outside Innsbruck in the Stubaier Alps. The surrounding Kalkkögl mountains are some of the most beautiful I have ever seen.
Which do you think is the best museum in town?
The Tiroler Landesmuseen.
Which native of Innsbruck do you most admire?
My wife Petra.
Which are your favourite Innsbruck stores?
Harrison menswear at Sillpark shopping mall on the second floor. Go there to dress for an evening out at 5th Floor Bar. I also like the DEZ shopping mall in the east of Innsbruck.
What can’t you live without?
My wife, our dog and our rabbit. Good food, lots of sleep, the sun, speck ham and bergkäse cheese, a camera and flying.
Any places you’d recommend visitors avoid?
Not really. Innsbruck is a pretty safe town. But maybe you should be a bit careful in the Bögen area. You can party there till 6am.
Any advice for visitors?
Do not buy any of those stupid hats they sell to tourists everywhere in the old town. You won’t look like a Tyrolean wearing one of those, you will easily be identified as a tourist. Just enjoy the city’s flair.
Can you recommend a good hotel?
Again: the Penz.
Tell us a secret!
The Piano bar. It looks a bit strange from the outside and is not easy to find, although it’s in the middle of Innsbruck’s old town. But they have the best steaks in town, and the Tiroler gröstl is also a hit.