Draw Geo Points into a Shape

How to draw points on a shapefile? As an example we will do this with Germany and draw a few example cities with the correct location into the shape.

First download the shapefile for Germany from arcgis and unpack the zip-file. The file needed here is "LAN_ew_21.shp". There are of course a lot of different possibilities to get a shp file or a GeoJson version of the state borders of Germany. Feel free to try others.

The following code plots a few cities onto the Germany shape by using geopandas and matplotlib.

import json
from io import StringIO

import geopandas
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt

states = geopandas.read_file("LAN_ew_21.shp")
# some random cities as GeoJSON
cities = geopandas.read_file(
                "type": "FeatureCollection",
                "features": [
                        "type": "Feature",
                        "geometry": {"type": "Point", "coordinates": [7.85, 47.995]},
                        "properties": {"name": "Freiburg im Breisgau"},
                        "type": "Feature",
                        "geometry": {"type": "Point", "coordinates": [9.738611, 52.374444]},
                        "properties": {"name": "Hanover"},
                        "type": "Feature",
                        "geometry": {"type": "Point", "coordinates": [13.74, 51.05]},
                        "properties": {"name": "Dresden"},

# plot shape and cities into same plot
fig, ax = plt.subplots()
states.plot(ax=ax, color="white", edgecolor="black")
cities.plot(ax=ax, marker="o", color="red", markersize=7)

plt.savefig("plot.png", bbox_inches="tight")

The resulting plot:

3 example cities plotted into German state borders