Spanbroek obtained its city rights in 1414. The Dutch Reformed Church and the idyllic Town Hall have been built in 1598. The Westerveer polder is the very last polder in North Holland that is still being drained by windmills. The winding road that runs through this polder offers sweeping views of the surrounding farmlands, which is especially nice for those who like long bicycle tours. Just west of Spanbroek is the hamlet of Zandwerven, which already shows traces of habitation in 2000 B.C. Archeological excavations have shown that the original inhabitants already struggled against the water and have had to flee the sea to higher ground on numerous occasions. A beautiful walking route has been established between Spanbroek and Rustenburg, running partially on paved roads and partially over the dikes.