The reigning champions picked up just three points in their first two outings in this latest edition of the tournament.
But a 2-0 reverse against South Korea, coupled with Sweden's 3-0 defeat of Mexico, means that Joachim Low's men are on the way home from Russia.
Their miserable campaign was capped by a late humiliation, as Korea struck twice in stoppage time thanks to an inspired performance despite knowing Sweden's win would also send them home from the World Cup.
Amazingly, it is the first time in eight decades that Germany have failed to make it past the opening round of World Cup competition.
The first match between the two teams ended 1-1, before the Swiss prevailed 4-2 in a replay and made the quarter-finals.
Since then, Germany have never failed to finish lower than seventh in any of the 16 World Cups they have entered.
The only subsequent competition not to feature the nation was in 1950, when they were banned from participating in the aftermath of World War II.
Germany also continue the curse of the champions at the World Cup, becoming the third straight holder to exit at the group stage.