Broek in Waterland is a town in the Dutch province of North Holland with, around, 2350 inhabitants. It is a part of the municipality of Waterland. Many of the (wooden) houses date back before 1850. Before 1940 there had been only limited housing development. This meant that many houses were divided to accommodate several families under the same roof.
In the past the town was famous for its cleanliness. Many 17th and 18th century travelbooks of foreign travellers mentioned the cleanliness and tidyness of the village.
French visitors, in the 18th century, reffered to the village as "le temple de la propreté hollandaise".