When Eisenheim flees from the inspector in The Illusionist he gets lost among the columns of the Negrelli Viaduct. Some of its 87 stone arches stand on dry land, creating numerous picturesque corners. The 19th century bridge survived the floods of 2002 with ease.
The final chase in the film The Illusionist, in which the inspector runs after a bearded man, begins at the gates of the Prague Castle, continues under the Negrelli Viaduct and ends at the city’s main train station. In reality the actors would have covered quite a distance as that route is almost six kilometres long. However, when the hilly Prague is standing in for the flat Vienna one can bend the rules. The labyrinthine nature of the space beneath the Czech Republic’s third oldest railway bridge allows Eisenheim to build up a lead on the inspector and escape him by train.
Like today, the unmistakable genius loci of the Negrelli Viaduct was in the past admired by architects and tourists. Leading from the city centre through Karlín to Bubny, it is one of the most beautiful examples of the Empire style among Czech technical structures.