Where were you born?
Hagen in Westphalia.
Where do you live?
What’s best about your neighbourhood?
It’s next to woodland but only five minutes from the city centre.
What’s your favourite area?
Expo Gelände, where my company is based.
What are your favourite stores in Hanover and why?
La Mairie on Karmarschstrasse has a large, well chosen range of clothes; Klingenberg on Strasse der Nationen is good for cheap designer furniture; and the Markthalle, or market hall – again on Karmarschstrasse – is not to be missed.
What are your favourite restaurants in Hanover?
Our own, the Funky Kitchen on the roof of Peppermint Pavilion on Boulevard der EU in Expo Gelände. I also like the Rossini on Ferdinandstrasse, especially for lunch. The menu changes daily and they make their own pasta.
Do you have a favourite local café or bar?
Angelo Masala’s Italian deli in the Markthalle is also a café; I have my morning espresso there.
Any recommendations for local dishes to try?
An alcoholic drink called Lüttje lage: a small dark beer and a tequila glass of schnapps which you basically have to drink in one go!
Where do you take out-of-town friends?
The Maschsee, a lake in the middle of Hanover; you can go for a walk there or sit in one of the cafés.
Do you have a favourite walk?
Yes, by the Maschsee.
How do you like to travel around Hanover?
If the weather is good, I cycle. Otherwise I cruise through the city in my car.
What’s Hanover’s best city landmark?
Apart from the Maschsee, I’d say the city hall; the view from the top is beautiful.
What is the best museum?
The Kästner Gesellschaft on Goseriede.
Any secret spots out-of-towners wouldn’t know?
The Herrenhäuser gardens.
Can you recommend a hotel?
Kastens Hotel Luisenhof on Luisenstrasse is very chic; Tom Jones has stayed there.