Former German giants Borussia Monchengladbach retained their Bundesliga status after drawing 1-1 with VfL Bochum in their relegation play-off second-leg match, giving them a 2-1 edge on aggregate.
Gladbach, five-times German champions and twice winners of the UEFA Cup, preserved their top-flight place thanks to a 72nd minute goal by their highly-rated attacking midfielder Marco Reus.
The Bundesliga club, who last won the league title in 1977 - the same season they reached the European Cup final had looked certain for automatic relegation as they spent most of the latter part of the season rooted at the bottom of the table.
However, three victories and a draw in their last four league matches earned them a 16th-place finish and a match with third-placed Second Division side Bochum.
Eintracht Frankfurt and St Pauli drop down to the second tier while Hertha Berlin and Augsburg have been promoted.