When people think of Amsterdam, they usually think of water. And there is plenty of it in the city. Amsterdam is world-renowned for its maze of canals built in a crescent surrounding the city’s center. Within the network of canals, 17th-century engineers built 90 islands and hundreds of bridges. In fact, Amsterdam has more canals than Venice and more bridges than Paris. Along those canals, the wealthy merchants of Holland’s Golden Age built fine shops and homes that still define the city’s architecture and style.