Zu vs In
Hello, hoping you all can help with these two prepositions.
I understand that 'zu' is always dative and 'in' can be dative, or accusative depending if the situation is static or dynamic (movement or no movement)
z.B 1. Ich laufe zum park. (I walk to the park) 2. Ich laufe in den park (I walk into the park) 3. Ich laufe im park. (I am walking around in the park.)
Is the 3rd sentence correct? I'm really confused how to say I'm walking in the park (not into the park). As in I'm already at the park. I walked to the park from home, I walked through the entrance gate of the park, now I am in the park walking around.
Thanks in advance
Off topic: "laufen" is slightly ambigious, it might mean "to walk", but usually it is "to run". In a sentence like "Ich laufe im Park" I would assume you are jogging.
If you want to make clear that you are walking, you are better of with "Ich gehe im Park." If it is a leisure stroll, it would be "Ich gehe im Park spazieren."
In a sentence "Ich laufe durch die Stadt.", "laufen" works as "to walk", but is a bit more hurried (and more colloquial) than "Ich gehe durch die Stadt"
gehen is more ambiguous than laufen... not that you are wrong per say. But in most given context, anyone can figure out what you mean. You can also say zu Fuß gehen if you want to be sure to imply you are walking to a place. But in this given example, herumlaufen I feel fits best for walkabout in the park.