The town was first mentioned in 1357 with regard to the installation of new vicar to the Saint Nicholas Church. During these times the town was called Mladá Paka (Young Paka). In 1563, a big part of the town was destroyed by fire. In 1586 the plague killed approximately the half of the citizens. Another 450 people died of plague in 1625. In 1643, during the Thirty Years' War, the town was pillaged by the Swedish army. A fire in 1666 destroyed some buildings on the town square.
The Minim monastery was established in the second half of the 17th century. After the religious reform of Joseph II, the monastery was closed.