Ich gehe an den Ort, wo ich mir die Haare schneiden lasse.

Das ist der Ort, an dem ich geboren bin

Why does the word "Ort" always uses the preposition "an"? If one uses "in" with Ort will it be wrong?

  • Nein. z.B. "In diesem Ort wurde ich geboren." - "Die Schänke befindet sich mitten im Ort."
    – Ingo
    Jan 15 '14 at 23:56
  • @Ingo How do you know whether to use in or an?
    – thekeyofgb
    Jan 16 '14 at 1:39
  • @thekeyofgb "am Ort" uses "Ort" in the more abstract sense of "point", "location", "place", while with "im Ort" it is in the sense "settlement", "village", "town" - another word is "Ortschaft"
    – Ingo
    Jan 16 '14 at 8:24
  • @thekeyofgb Hence you could say "An diesem Ort wurde ich geboren." for example when you are pointing to the clinic where you were born.
    – Ingo
    Jan 16 '14 at 8:26

Because that's just how it goes. Could be "zu"/"bei" in a different universe and that would make just as much sense. There is also "in" + Ort. Then, "Ort" means something like "village".

Im Ort 30 fahren.

30 mph inside the settlement (no idea what the English phrasing is)

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