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The city of New Prague, Minnesota is in two counties. The portion of the city north of Main Street Is in Scott County, while the south side is in Le Sueur County. There is only one lake in the area of New Prague, that being Cedar Lake in Scott County, but it's nearly eight hundred acres, and is a popular place for fishing, ice fishing, water skiing, and jet skiing, while a snowmobile trail runs through the lake during the winter. Minnesota Highways 13, 19 and 21 are the main routes through the city. Nearby localities include Cedar Lake, Heidelberg, Helena, Lexington, Lonsdale, St. Benedict, and St. Patrick. Wheatland is about eleven miles southeast, and Belle Plains is about fourteen miles northwest of New Prague. The city was laid out in 1856, and named for the capital of Bohemia. The first to settle in the area was Anton Philipp, a German immigrant who bought 160 acres in Helena Township in 1856. Although he did not plat the town, he began selling lots that same year. In large part due to the Civil War, the new town's development was slow. Known as Praha from 1872 to 1879, it was incorporated as a village in 1877. Its name was changed to Prague in 1879, and to New Prague in 1884. After the Minneapolis & St. Louis Railway reached the village in 1877, development progressed more quickly, and construction was booming in the 1880s and 1890s. New Prague became a city in 1891. Since its first census in 1880, the town's population has declined only once, in 1920, and by less than one percent.

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