My favorite place:
I read theater studies in Vienna and the institute is located in the Michaelerkuppel dome of the Hofburg Imperial Palace. If you set off for the Ringstrasse boulevard from there, a breathtaking panorama taking in Heldenplatz, the Hofburg, Parliament, the Museums, the Burgtheater and City Hall opens up in front of you - ideally experienced against a red evening sky when the buildings are already illuminated.
My culture tip:
Theater an der Wien has an unassuming facade and a really beautiful interior - people say that it has better acoustics than even the Vienna State Opera. In 2010 I staged a production of Der Freischütz there. I was particularly stuck by the venue's eventful history, starting with the premiere of Beethoven's Fidelio followed by its time as a venue for musical productions, and finally its present role as an opera house. It offers a good mix of traditional works and interesting modern productions.
My food tip:
I like Skopik & Lohn in the second district because it is a working traditional Viennese restaurant - and uncompromisingly modern.
My shopping tip:
I often do my shopping at Naschmarkt and the Asian stalls in particular because I like to cook. For me it is one of the liveliest places in the city. It's full of bars and restaurants where people of all ages, the hip and not quite so hip, tourists and locals come together.
What no visitor should miss:
The Danube Canal has risen from its slumber over the past few years. The left bank is home to some spectacular architecture on the second district side, while both quaysides are lined with excellent bars, restaurants and clubs such as Summerstage, Tel Aviv Beach and Flex. Vienna's problem is that it isn't really on the Danube, but the Danube Canal. But I think it is great that we can now at least use the canal properly.