Is it wrong to say "ich bin im see"instead of "ich bin am see"?

What is the difference between them?

December 23, 2017


If you are im See - you are actually in the water, swimming or something.

Being am See - is walking on the shore, laying on its beach or even drinking coffee in a restaurant located am See which has a garden or terrace directly on the bank of the lake...

December 23, 2017

Thank you so much✌

December 23, 2017

MichaPau pretty much explained it, but here is my take:

Ich bin am See = I am at the lake [No mentioning of being in it, on it, under it. You are just in the vicinity of the lake.]

Ich bin im See = I am in the lake [You are still at the lake, but you are now probably submerged in the water.]

Ich bin auf dem See = I am on the lake [You are still at the lake, but you are no longer submerged in the water. You are now probably on a little fishing boat, drifting on the water]

So here's the rule of thumb for "Lokale Präpositionen":

an: oceans, lakes, coasts (or something similar) auf = land, islands (or something similar) in = forests, mountain ranges, mountains (or something similar)

Examples using the rules of thumb:

Ich bin am Atlantik - Ich gehe an den Atlantik Ich bin am Meer - Ich gehe ans Meer Ich bin an der Küste - Ich gehe an die Küste (I'm at the beach etc.)

Ich bin auf dem Land - Ich gehe aufs Land Ich bin auf der Insel - Ich gehe auf die Insel (I'm on the island etc.)

Ich bin im Schwarzwald - Ich gehe in den Schwarzwald Ich bin im Gebirge - Ich bin ins Gebirge Ich bin in den Bergen - Ich gehe in die Berge (I'm in the forest etc.)

Hopefully this helped a bit. Remember the rules of thumb and you're golden!

December 23, 2017

Somewhat odd, but it is "ich bin an Land" and"ich gehe an Land".

December 24, 2017

True. auf dem Festland again, though.


  • Ich gehe an Land. = I go from the sea onto (dry) land.
  • Ich gehe aufs Land. = I go from the city into the countryside.
December 25, 2017

I think an Land gehen always refers to coming from some kind of ship. After finishing my swim I don't go "an Land" .

December 25, 2017
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