As a burgeoning centre of culture and commerce, Poznań needed suitable accommodations for traveling businessmen and officials headed for Berlin. This role was assumed by the Saski Hotel up until the late 18th century. The Hotel also doubled as a cultural centre and a meeting venue used by local business people in the first half of the 19th century. In 1806, Napoleon Bonaparte signed a crucial peace treaty with Saxony in its Redoubt Room, thereby breaking up the anti-French coalition. The place is additionally associated with the changes brought about by the Napoleonic Code, which ensured the city’s independence and free trade within it.