Swathes of Europe have been covered in a white blanket of thick snow for much of this year. The deep snow has caused travel chaos on the ground, blocking highways and leaving villages cut off. From the air, however, it looks magical. IBTimes UK presents drone photos of the winter wonderland that is Europe.

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A forest on the borders of a lake in Treplin, eastern Germany, on on 12 November 2016 and 17 January 2017 (Photo: Patrick Pleul/AFP)
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Aerial view of the Marienburg Castle near Pattensen, northern Germany, surrounded by snow-covered forestJulian Stratenschulte /AFP
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Aerial view of a car driving over a bridge crossing the Okerstausee reservoir near Schulenburg im Oberharz in the Harz region, central GermanyJulian Stratenschulte /AFP
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Snow-covered houses are seen in Tropoja region, northern AlbaniaFlorion Goga/Reuters
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A drone view of a crossroads lined with trees in autumn near Sieversdorf, eastern Germany, on 30 October 2016 and 17 January 2017 (Photo: Patrick Pleul/AFP)
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Ice floes float in the water of the River Danube nearby the parliament building (L) of BudapestAttila Kisbenedek/AFP
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Swans and other birds gather for feeding near the banks of the ice covered Danube river in Belgrade, SerbiaAndrej Isakovic/AFP
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People walk and take photos under the stone-pillar of the Margaret Bridge in Budapest downtown as ice floes float in the water of the River DanubeAttila Kisbenedek/AFP
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An aerial view of a meadow surrounded by trees near Treplin, eastern Germany, on 16 May 2016 and 17 January 2017 (Photo: Patrick Pleul/AFP)
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People stroll through the Olympic park during snowfall in Munich, GermanyMichael Dalder/Reuters
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A drone's eye view of a car driving through the snow-covered landscape near Schulenburg im Oberharz in the Harz region of GermanyJulian Stratenschulte /AFP
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Aerial view of the MS AquaMarin excursion boat surrounded by snow and ice on the Okerstausee reservoir near Schulenburg im Oberharz in the Harz region of central GermanyJulian Stratenschulte /AFP
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Aerial view of a snow-covered forest near Schulenburg im Oberharz in the Harz region of central GermanyJulian Stratenschulte/AFP
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An aerial view of trees casting shadows on the snow at a crossroads near Sieversdorf, eastern Germany, on 16 January 2017Patrick Pleul/AFP
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Aerial view of round pieces of ice, known as Pfannkucheneis or pancake ice, floating on the river Oder between northeastern Germany and PolandPatrick Pleul/AFP
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An aerial view of an ice carousel cut out on a frozen lake by Janne Kapylehto using a chainsaw, in Vanhankaupunginlahti, Helsinki, FinlandLEHTIKUVA/Martti Kainulainen/Reuters
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Kids prepare to build a snowman near the Messeturm in FrankfurtKai Pfaffenbach/Reuters
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The Parthenon temple on the Acropolis is seen following a rare snowfall in Athens, GreeceAntonis Nikolopoulos/Eurokinissi/Reuters
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Birds fly over a frozen lake in Bucharest, RomaniaDaniel Mihailescu/AFP

All this snow and ice may look pretty, but one fox came to a nasty end on the frozen river Danube in southern Germany. It fell through the thin ice that covered the river and drowned and became trapped in the ice. A local hunter found the frozen fox days later and cut it – encased in a block of ice – out of the river.

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13 January 2017: A block of ice with a fox encased in it is seen on the banks of the river Danube in Fridingen, southern Germany. The fox fell through thin ice on the river and drowned and was later cut out of the ice by a hunterJohannes Stehle/AFP