Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes bid farewell to the Bundesliga after a dramatic 4-3 victory at his home-town club Borussia Mönchengladbach,
There was plenty of drama on the field too with Franck Ribery proving to be Bayern's hero in a seven-goal thriller
Mönchengladbach shocked Bayern early on with two quick-fire goals in a feisty opening.
Franck Ribery struck the fifth goal within the most prolific first 18 minutes of a Bundesliga match ever
The goalscoring ebbed off a little, but the game remained intense with former Gladbach defender Dante given a testing time on his return to the Borussia Park Stadion
After Ribery brought Bayern level, it was up to Arjen Robben to put the Bundesliga champions
Hoffenheim began the day in 17th place, and needed at least a win at the home of Champions League
However, they got off to a terrible start, as BVB's Robert Lewandowski tapped in to open the scoring after just six minutes
It was the Polish international's 24th strike of the season, and it left Hoffenheim staring down the barrel
Dortmund missed several good chances to kill the game off, before Hoffenheim equalised from the penalty spot. And just minutes after making it 1-1, the Sinsheimers were then given a second spot-kick as Sven Schipplock (lying down) was felled by Roman Weidenfeller (4th l.), who was shown a red card
Dortmund had already made three substitutions and Kevin Großkreutz (2nd r.) had to go in goal; there was nothing he could do as Sejad Salihovic
Incredibly, Hoffenheim were saved from conceding an injury time goal by an offside flag, and were able to see out the win. The scenes at the final whistle were of unconfined joy for 1899, who condemned Düsseldorf to the drop and must now prepare for the play-off against 1. FC Kaiserslautern
SC Freiburg's players could not believe how they gifted Schalke a place in the Champions League with a calamitous own goal
Jermaine Jones' shot provoked what proved to be the decisive goal, coming only two minutes after Jonathan Schmid had pulled Freiburg level
Schalke coach Jen Keller punched the air in delight having guided the Royal Blues into the Champions League for their second season in a row
Julian Draxler, fresh from putting pen to paper on a new contract, had put Schalke ahead midway through the first half
Schmid then levelled after Timo Hildebrand only parried a Jan Rosenthal effort
Freiburg gave it everything, knowing that only a win would have taken them above Schalke and into fourth spot
Bayer Leverkusen had secured third place and UEFA Champions League football next season, but there was a personal achievement at stake for Stefan Kießling (3rd l.), who was gunning for the top scorer's award in Hamburg
Hamburg were arguably the better side for much of the game and Heung-Min Son (r.)= among others went close on a number of occasions
Leverkusen looked content to sit deep and hit the Red Shorts on the counter-attack, using the pace of Andre Schürrle (l.) & Co.
After almost 90 minutes without a goal, the deadlock was finally broken by none other than Kießling himself, who raced through to net his 25th goal of the season and take the top goalscorers ahead of Dortmund's Robert Lewandowski
Rafael van der Vaart and Hamburg meanwhile, were left to count the cost of a defeat hat means they miss out on qualification for the UEFA Europa League, an aim that had seemed realistic after they had recovered from an awful start to the season
Alas there was far more disappointment on show in Hanover, where Fortuna Düsseldorf were relegated after just one season back in the big time. Axel Bellinghausen was the first to show his emotions at the reality of demotion back to the second tier
Düssledorf competed well but cane up against a Mame Diouf in form. The Senegalese striker (l.) found the back of the net last week and opened the scoring with a neat strike in the first half
Things went from bad to worse for Fortuna when Didier Ya Konan (l.) made it 2-0 to the Reds. Nevertheless, Düsseldorf still occupied the relegation play-off spot until...
... the final moments of the day when news filtered through that Hoffenheim had beaten Dortmund, condemning Andreas Lambert (l.) and coach Norbert Meier (r.) to another season in the second tier
In Augsburg it was a different story. 'Die Függerstädter' and head coach Markus Weinzierl (m) ended the season with victory against Greuther Fürth and it was enough to keep them in the division without the need of the relegation play-off place
It didn't look that way after four minutes, however, when Fürth were awarded a penalty. Fortunately for Augsburg, veteran keeper Alex Manninger was alert enough to divert Edgar Prib's spot-kick clear
Augsburg then took their turn to go on the attack and they were soon in front when versatile midfielder Tobias Werner (l.) found the back of the net
Striker Sascha Mölders (l.), in a rich vein of form since the turn of the year, was as hard-working as ever leading the line, and as news of the predicaments of rivals Hoffenheim and Düsseldorf came through, the Augsburg players seemed to gain a new lease of life
Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker made it 2-0, before Florian Trinks pulled one back for Fürth. But the day belong to Augsburg, and the result was settled in the final stages when South Korean international Ji Dong-Won (l.) found the bottom corner to start wild celebrations for the SGÖL-Arena club
After struggling in the first half of the season, Augsburg have turned their form around in 2013, and Weinzierl can now look forward to another season of top-flight football
In Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena, Eintracht needed just a point at home to Wolfsburg to make sure of qualification for next season's UEFA Europa League
But they were up against a Wolves side unbeaten in nine games, and it showed as first Jan Polak (4th l.)...
and then Brazilian midfield maestro Diego (l.) put the away team 2-0 up
However, Frankfurt were given a lifeline when Japan international Makoto Hasebe was red carded for a professional foul on compatriot Takashi Inui...
...allowing Alex Meier to score his 16th goal of the season to half the deficit.
A late own goal from Ricardo Rodriguez then set the seal on the point that the Eagles needed, and began hearty celebrations among the home side's players. Here, head coach Armin Veh (m.) receives a congratulatory shower of beer from Stefan Celozzi (r.)
Instead it was the away side that struck the first blow, as Chinedu Ede (2nd l.) slid home after great work from Nicolai Müller
Stuttgart hosted Mainz with neit6her side having too much to play for, but the two sides served up an entertaining 2-2 draw in the Mercedes-Benz Arena
Vedad Ibisevic (r.) led the attack for VfB after his brace at Schalke last weekend, but in beautiful sunshine in Stuttgart, he failed to have much of an impact early on
Stuttgart hauled themselves back into the game when Artur Boka (r.) drilled home after a mazy run, and though they took the lead through a Christian Wetklo own goal, Müller (l.) showed bravery to scramble home and equaliser and take a share of the spoils
In Nuremberg, Japanese international Mu Kanazaki was in relaxed mood ahead of the visit of Werder Bremen, the final game of his first season in the Bundesliga
There wasn't much to separate between the two sides in the first half, although Bremen's Kevin de Bruyne (r.) was as industrious as even in his final game for the club before his loan spell ends and he returns to parent club Chelsea FC
De Bruyne was on target in the last two games and opened the scoring for the northerners again just before the break, racing through to coolly chip Nuremberg keeper Raphael Schäfer
Nuremberg hit back in the second half though, and were on level terms when Per Nilsson (2nd l.) hit his sixth of the season...
...before further goals from Sebastian Polter and Tomas Pekhart sealed a satisfying 3-2 win, with de Bruyne scoring a late consolation effort